The Grounds of Alexandria has opened an on-site bakery called simply, The Bakery. You can dine-in, take-away and even attend baking classes.

Artisanal, handmade loaves will be available. The loaves are prepared in an open kitchen where visitors can watch the bakers work. There are traditional loaves (fig-and-walnut and olive-and-rosemary) and experimental loaves made with charcoal and bamboo. The latter is a European-inspired sourdough with a distinctive jet-black crust.

“It’s all about the inner beauty of every loaf we create – the flavour. [Our bakers] use only the finest natural ingredients, age-old baking methods and unique recipes,” says Ramzey Choker, the founder of The Grounds of Alexandria. The menu will have constantly changing specials.

Interior designer Caroline Choker and architect Vince Alafaci of Acme&Co (Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel) were behind the design. Their approach highlights the relationship humans have developed with bread throughout history. The charming and cosy kitchen is inspired by bakeries and kitchens around the world. Black-and-white French tiles and salvaged timber meet vintage pendant lights and an enamelled fridge in The Grounds of Alexandria’s signature mint green.

“We aim to create experiences; the feelings and emotions are the most important element we want to bring to life through our spaces. The inspiration behind the style of The Bakery is a classic, country kitchen,” Choker says.

With the recent news of The Grounds opening an arm in the lower north shore, and now the new bakery, this team has made 2016 the year of expansion.

“Right now we've got our hands pretty full planning our return to Bondi for Sculptures by the Sea this month, an exciting Christmas execution, as well as our new venue to come in the city. It's safe to say we're definitely not capping our expansion plans at this year.”

The Bakery at Grounds of Alexandria
Building 7, 2 Huntley Street Alexandria
(02) 9699 2225

thegrounds.com.au/